Château d’Olhain

Created by
Jones, Loïs Mailou, American, 1905 - 1998
Date
1947
On View
Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 052
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Exhibition
Visual Art and the American Experience
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
H x W (unframed): 18 × 22 in. (45.7 × 55.9 cm)
H x W x D (framed): 23 1/2 × 27 1/2 × 1 1/4 in. (59.7 × 69.9 × 3.2 cm)
Description
An impressionistic landscape painting of a 15th century French castle, Château d'Olhain, located near Calais in the north of France. This picturesque castle, with its bright orange-hued roof and stone walls, is positioned in the midst of a lake, which Jones depicts through shimmering reflection in the surrounding waters. Although the castle keep dominates the canvas, it is depicted off-center and to the right. The foreground focuses on a simple fence bordering the lake, and a dirt path leading to the castle's bailey (enclosed courtyard) and other ancillary buildings, possibly stables, located behind the castle. At center left, a person walks towards the village, their back to the viewer. The sky is a pale blue punctuated with a few fluffy white clouds. The canvas is signed by the artist in the lower-right hand corner, [Lois M/ Jones/ France/ 1947.].
Place depicted
Château d'Olhain, Fresnicourt-le-Dolmen, Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France, Europe
Classification
Visual Arts
Type
oil paintings
Topic
Art
Freedom
Nature
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Dr. Gregory L. Shannon Family, Courtesy of Lois Mailou Jones Pierre-Noel Trust
Object number
2015.111
Restrictions & Rights
© Lois Mailou Jones Pierre-Noel Trust
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd598d75c3d-016a-4374-bd99-a6138077bb02